Passover: Why We Should Be Celebrating It As Christians
By: Brandon T. Ward
– Revised: 3-26-2017
Many Christians are not aware, but the Highest Holy Day in Christianity is Passover. Not the pagan festival of Easter. The word Passover comes from the time of Moses and the last plague that consumed Egypt. When Christ died on the cross He became our Passover. In order to reveal this fact, we must search the scriptures where we can find light and remove the darkness that has clouded this topic for so man.
Before we start our Bible study, let us ask our Father for wisdom and understanding of His Word, in Jesus name amen.
Is the Easter Holiday Biblical, How Does God Feel About It?
By: Brandon T. Ward
– Revised: 3-25-2014
Have you ever asked yourself the following questions: “Are the traditions of Easter Biblical? Why is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ called Easter? Are Easter rabbits and eggs mentioned in the Bible?“
It will shock most Christians to discover that none of the traditions of Easter are Biblical. As a matter of fact, Easter is the name of a heathen god and found in the Bible only one time in the book of Acts. Unfortunately, this word was placed in scripture by error, the word Easter is a mis-translation. Meaning it is not in the original manuscripts! The correct word is “Pascha” in the manuscripts, meaning Passover.
Torrents of lava are coming down the magnificent slopes of Plosky Tolbachik, one of the biggest volcanoes in Russia’s Far East region. The volcano “woke up” in November last year – after more than thirty-five years of being dormant.
The 3,085-meter-high Plosky Tolbachik has emitted two streams of lava one of which has traveled down more than 6 kilometers while the other one made 18 kilometers. The fiery river has been setting trees on its way ablaze while turning ice and snow into clouds of steam.
The nearest settlement is located 60 km away, so there seems to be no direct threat, according to Kamchtka’s geophysical service of the Russian Academy of Science.
Plosky Tolbachik (Flat Tolbachik) is the lower volcano in the Tolbachik volcanic complex on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Its sister, Ostry Tolbachik (Sharp Tolbachik) rises 3,682 meters above sea level.
At the same time activity was also detected in the Kizimen and Shiveluch volcanoes in the Kamchatka region. Since January, Shiveluch has spewed several eruptions of gases, steam and ash, the highest of which reached the 4,900 meters. There have also been frequent earth tremors that sent avalanches down its slopes.
The Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East is one of the most various and active volcanic areas in the world. It is located in the ‘Ring of Fire’, an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean, together with territories of Japan, Alaska, Philippines, Fiji Islands, New Zealand and many other active regions. – RT
At the end of his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, John Kerry acknowledged that despite the continued diplomacy and tough sanctions being leveled against Iran, the regime continues to get closer to possessing a nuclear weapon.
“Lines have been drawn before and they’ve been passed,” Kerry said. “That’s why the president has been so definitive this time. This is a very challenging moment with great risks and stakes for everybody because the region will be far less stable and far more threatened if Iran were to have a nuclear weapon.”
Kerry sat down with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz in Qatar as his first overseas trip as President Obama’s secretary of state wound down.
Kerry said the threat extends beyond the possibility that Iran could actually use the weapon on its enemies, specifically Israel. Iran simply having a nuclear weapon would “spur a nuclear arms race” in the region and could be used to support terrorists groups like Hezbollah, he said.
The secretary warned that despite last week’s negotiations in Almaty between the United States, it’s allies and Iran, which he called “useful,” time for Iran to cooperate is running out.
“If they keep pushing the limits and not coming with a serious set of proposals or prepared to actually resolve this, obviously the risks get higher and confrontation becomes more possible,” he said.
On Syria, the other major focus of this trip, Kerry reiterated that the status quo in the conflict-ridden country is not acceptable. With more than 70,000 people killed over the last two years and recent reports of President Assad al-Bashir using Scud missiles to attack civilian areas, the secretary acknowledged that America must do more.
At a Friends of Syria Meeting in Rome last week Kerry announced the United States would give an additional $60 million in non-lethal aid to Syria’s political opposition. The money will be used for communications equipment, training advocates and local governing councils, and to help the opposition deliver services and food to Syrians living in opposition-held areas.
But Kerry also announced that for the first time the United States will be providing non-lethal aid to Syria’s military opposition too. For now the help will consist of food and medical supplies, but ABC News learned last week that the aid could eventually include body armor, military training and even tanks.
Kerry would not specifically comment on whether the United States is considering additional aid to the rebel fighters, or on the timing of that decision, but said that it is clear Assad needs to go – and quickly.
“There is a holistic, united effort now that is focused on trying to save lives in Syria, and make it clear to President Assad that we are determined and that he needs to think hard about his calculation in raining Scuds down on his population,” said Kerry.
Syria’s opposition also has its own problems with extremists elements increasingly playing a role, including carrying out a suicide bombing attack, which killed more than 50 people in Damascus earlier this month. Kerry said that the international community has to be careful about making sure a post-Assad Syria is not substituting one oppressive situation for another.
“I want to emphasize for all of the Alawites who are fearing for their future, for the Christians, or the Druze, or any group there, Sunni, Shiite – they all need to know that the vision of the Syrian opposition, the promise of the Syrian opposition is to have a Syria in which all votes are represented and protected,” he said. – ABC
Attorney General Eric Holder can imagine a scenario in which it would be constitutional to carry out a drone strike against an American on American soil, he wrote in a letter to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
“It is possible, I suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in which it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States,” Holder replied in a letter yesterday to Paul’s question about whether Obama “has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.”
Paul condemned the idea. “The U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to rule out the possibility of drone strikes on American citizens and on American soil is more than frightening – it is an affront the Constitutional due process rights of all Americans,” he said in a statement.
Holder noted that Paul’s question was “entirely hypothetical [and] unlikely to occur,” but cited the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks as the type of incidents that might provoke such a response. “Were such an emergency to arise, I would examine the particular facts and circumstances before advising the President on the scope of his authority,” he concluded.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, an attorney and Judiciary Committee member, told The Washington Examiner last month that the drone policy so far outlined by the administration is too vague.
“That has the potential to swallow the rule,” Lee said after the drone program white paper was leaked. “If you’re going to regard somebody as presenting an imminent threat of an attack on the U.S. simply because you have concluded that they are an ‘operational leader’ or they are involved in planning an attack in one way or another, you find yourself giving way to much discretion to the government.”
Lee said that the White House should release the formal legal analysis underpinning the drone program. “We know that in some instances where the government has released its legal analysis, it gets it wrong,” he said. – Examiner
WEB Notes: Please share this article with your friends folks. This is exactly what I figured would happen after they took out the Muslim American in Yemen. It set precedent to kill Americans.
Russian nuclear forces conducted a major exercise last month that tested the transport of both strategic and tactical nuclear weapons near Europe, according to United States officials.
The exercise raised concerns inside the Pentagon and with the U.S. European Command because it was the largest exercise of its kind in 20 years and involved heightened alert status of Russian nuclear forces.
The nuclear drills were part of other military maneuvers in Russia carried out between Feb. 17 and Feb. 21.
The exercises followed a recent surge in Russian strategic bomber flights that include a recent circling of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam by two Tu-95 Bear bomber and simulated bombing runs by Tu-95s against Alaska and California in June and July.
Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Wesley P. Miller sought to play down the nuclear exercise but declined to comment on the movement of nuclear weapons and whether nuclear forces went on a heightened state of alert. “We don’t comment on intelligence matters,” he said.
Miller said the nuclear forces maneuvers were “nothing to be concerned about because the Russians, like us, have routine exercises and inspections.”
However, a U.S. official said the exercise was a concern within the U.S. national security community because of the scale of the exercise and the number of weapons being moved. “Certainly it’s a concern when you have this kind of exercise going on,” this official said.
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has warned that a crisis involving a nuclear Iran is in the “foreseeable future”.
The Nobel Peace laureate, 89, was speaking about prospects in the Middle East at the World Economic Forum.
He said nuclear proliferation in the region triggered by an armed Iran would increase the chances of an atomic war – “a turning point in human history”.
He also urged the US and Russia to co-operate in resolving Syria’s conflict.
“There has emerged in the region, the current and most urgent issue of nuclear proliferation. For 15 years, the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have declared that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable, but it has been approaching,” he said.
“In a few years, people will have to come to a determination of how to react, or the consequences of non-reaction.
“I believe this point will be reached in a very foreseeable future,” he added. ‘Nuclear war’
In his assessment of the stand-off between Iran and Western powers over its nuclear programme – which Tehran argues is for peaceful and civilian purposes – Mr Kissinger called for “serious” negotiations on both sides to look for solutions.
“Unilateral intervention by Israel would be a desperate last resort, but the Iranians have to understand that if they keep using the negotiations to gain time to complete a nuclear programme then the situation will become extremely dangerous.”
The consequences of Tehran’s programme, he said, would be that other countries in the region would also want nuclear arms.
“The danger is that we could be reaching a point where nuclear weapons would become almost conventional, and there will be the possibility of a nuclear conflict at some point… that would be a turning point in human history,” he said.
“If Iran acts as a nation and not as a revolutionary cause, there is no reason for America or other permanent members of the UNSC to be in conflict with it, nor any countries in the region. On that basis I would hope that a negotiated solution would be found in a measurable time.”
Meanwhile, Mr Kissinger advocated a US-Russia understanding over the conflict in Syria, while opposing military intervention.
“The Syrian problem would best be dealt internationally by Russia and America not making it a contest of national interests,” he said.
“I would hope that the undertaking of the US foreign policy will not be be characterised by the divisions that we see in [its] domestic policy.” – BBC
Retired Russian General Leonid Ivashov told Pravda in a recent interview that America must be held at gunpoint by means of of tactical nuclear weapons which “should constantly be aimed at the United States.”
Ivashov was former chief of general affairs in the Soviet Union’s Ministry of Defence before becoming vice president of the Academy on Geopolitical Affairs.
“Tactical nuclear weapons that are constantly threatening the United States must become the factor that will deter large-scale aggression. Holding it at gunpoint – this is the deterrent,”Ivashov told Pravda.Ru editor-in-chief Inna Novikova.
Ivashov went on to explain that Russia remains suspicious of China as an ally because Beijing continues to make decisions with the United States behind Russia’s back, but that China and Russia remain the primary targets of America’s geopolitical aggression.
“In America, it is all vice versa. On October 18, 2003, Bush signed a directive on the concept of Prompt Global Strike. A priority was not a first massive nuclear strike, but a strike with the use of high precision technologies.
Glide bombs then finish it off and a country is presented with an ultimatum. If this country does not agree, it will repeat all over again. It is clear that the first target for this potential attack is Russia. But Russia – accidentally or not – may launch its strategic nuclear arsenal,” said Ivashov, explaining how both Russia and China will struggle to repel a U.S. attack.
“To attack China or Russia, cruise missiles will be used. A third of them come with nuclear warheads. Nowadays, four-class “Ohio” submarines, the largest American subs, that had 24 intercontinental ballistic missiles on board, are being reequipped. They remove the ICBMs and replace them with 158 cruise missiles on each sub.
The same thing happens to “Virginia” subs. They develop a strategic cruise missile, the range of which will be not less than 5,000 kilometers. Its speed will be equal to two sonic speeds. It will be the type of arms that no one will be able to destroy – neither Russia, nor China or anyone else,” he said.
Ivashov went on to argue that Russia’s only deterrent to the threat of a U.S. attack were tactical nuclear weapons that, “should constantly be aimed at the United States,” suggesting Cuba as a potential site for such weapons, an alarming throwback to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, which marked the closest moment that the world came to World War III and a potential nuclear holocaust.
The former General expressed the need for Russian leaders to “reformat the world” in a different mould to the Anglo-American model in order to avoid a “disastrous scenario” that would be “catastrophic” for the planet.
Ivashov called for the UN Security Council to be expanded as a counter-balance to American hegemony, adding, “The next step is to develop the Euro-Asian continental union, which includes Russia, China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mongolia within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.”
In essence, Ivashov is re-iterating the call for a multi-polar world to replace the ‘new world order’ model led by America, Britain and NATO powers.
However, his call for that model to be enforced by tactical nuclear weapons aimed squarely at the United States is sure to stoke concern amongst military leaders in the west. – Daily Sheeple
President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death in a national television broadcast. He said Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time.
During more than 14 years in office, Chavez routinely challenged the status quo at home and internationally. He polarized Venezuelans with his confrontational and domineering style, yet was also a masterful communicator and strategist who tapped into Venezuelan nationalism to win broad support, particularly among the poor.
Chavez repeatedly proved himself a political survivor. As an army paratroop commander, he led a failed coup in 1992, then was pardoned and elected president in 1998. He survived a coup against his own presidency in 2002 and won re-election two more times. – Full Read: AP
The Army has started sending out hundreds of letters to unions — including on Feb. 28 and March 1 to the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Gunpowder, Md., as well as the Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, Wash. — warning that employees will be forced to stay at home without pay one day each week from April 22 through Sept. 21.
Translation: A 20% pay cut for 5 months. Employees will stay at home on either a Monday or Friday. Not everybody may get to choose their days, because supervisors have to ensure that at least half the staff is available on both days.
Employees won’t be able to use sick leave or vacation to collect pay on furlough days. That’s true for all federal worker furloughs, according to the Office of Personnel Management.
President Obama signed an order Friday, which set in motion $85 billion of cuts from federal budgets this fiscal year. Many of the 2.1 million federal workers will have to go on unpaid furloughs over the next few months to hit that target by September.
“Those who think the sequestration debate is just another game of Washington brinksmanship are sadly mistaken,” said William R. Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. “This is not a game. Real people will be hurt, people whose only role in this debate was choosing to serve their country.”
Notices are first sent to federal workers’ unions, who will negotiate how and when various agencies will implement their furloughs.
The 800,000-strong civilian workers at the Defense Department are among the worst hit. Many of these employees will have to give up 22 days of work without pay. The cuts will trim 13% from the defense budget between now and Sept. 30.
“This furlough will be used as a means to reduce civilian workforce costs because of the across-the-board reductions in budgetary resources (sequestration),” said the note to the Washington Corps of Engineers.
The Army Corps of Engineers has 35,000 employees, both civilians and military workers, who build and also safeguard the nation’s dams, hydro power generators and flood controls.
Aberdeen Proving Ground is one of the Army’s oldest test centers, where some 21,000 civilian workers review, test, and develop military equipment and vehicles.
Other agencies are also expected to start notifying their unions and employees of impending furloughs. Employees at non-defense agencies are expected to face fewer furlough days. For example, Internal Revenue Service employees have been told their furloughs would not last more than 7 days.
(Video) – These videos are a great visual documentation of Bible prophecy unfolding in these end times. We are witnessing earthquakes in diverse places, record volcano eruptions, a world on the verge of global economic collapse and the threat of world war that could turn into a nuclear war.
Being a child of God we have nothing to fear, our Father is always able to protect us (Isaiah 41:10). The three in the fiery furnace are a great example of that protection. Further, it will not be man, but God who will destroy this earth age by fire (2 Peter 3:10).
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